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China set to build 40 nuclear power plants

07 Jan 2016

The Chinese government has announced ambitious plans to build 40 nuclear power plants over the next five years.

The plan sees the country investing $78bn in order to build six to eight new nuclear power plants a year. “China will promote the development of nuclear power in a secure and efficient way,” said the Communist Party of China Central Committee.

This week, the first nuclear power plant located in one of China’s ethnic minority region started its commercial operations. This year alone will see the plant decrease coal burning by 4.82 million tonnes and positively reduce CO2 emissions by 11.9 million tonnes. The project is predicted to create 64,000 jobs annually, officials say.

China’s confidence in the nuclear energy sector is strong as continual investment and growth has already lead to a significant increase of nuclear jobs.

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